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1940 Ed Garvey (Wisconsin-born Labor Leader for the Major League Baseball Players Union) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Labor Baseball
Performing Artists
1881 Noble Johnson (Missouri-born African-American Movie Actor, Producer) Missouri Performing Artists Film African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African-American Registry
1904 Dewey 'Pigmeat' Markham (North Carolina-born African-American Performing Artist, Comedian) North Carolina Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African-American Registry
1906 Eurreal "Lil Brother" Montgomery (Louisiana-born African-American Jazz Pianist and Vocalist ) Louisiana Performing Artists Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists African-American Registry
1921 Barbara Hale (Illinois-born Actress) Illinois Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
1924 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (Louisiana-born African-American Jazz Musician) Clarence Gatemouth Brown Jazz Musician Famous African Americans
1946 Hayley Mills (English Actress) English Performing Artists Actors Film Biography.com
1947 James Woods (Utah-born Actor) Utah Actors Film Television Internet Movie Database
1953 Rick Moranis (Canadian-born Actor) Canadian Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1956 Eric Roberts (Mississippi-born Actor) Mississippi Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1963 Conan O' Brien (Massachusetts-born Talk Show Host) Massachusetts Performing Artists Television Biography.com
1967 Maria Bello (Pennsylvania-born Actress) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Actors Film Television Internet Movie Database
1968 Christian Slater (New York City-born Actor) New York City Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1976 Melissa Joan Hart (New York-born Actress) New York Performing Artists Actors Film
Sports Figures
1942 Pete Gogolak (Hungarian-American Professional Football Player) Hungarian Sports Figures Football Buffalo Bills
1948 Nate Archibald (New York City-born African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) New York City Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame Famous African Americans
1949 Geoff Bodine (New York-born Auto Racer) New York Sports Figures NASCAR History Channel
Deaths
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1922 Jack Johnson, the First African-American World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Patents a Wrench Texas Sports Figures Boxing Hall of Fame Inventors & Inventions African-American Scientists and Inventors Technology and Society African-American Registry
1923 Yankee Stadium Opens in New York City New York City Baseball New York Yankees New York Times Writer's Almanac
1929 Small Talk, the First "Our Gang" Picture with Sound, Debuts Hal Roach Film Sound The History Channel
1932 William Faulkner Is Hired to Write Scripts for MGM William Faulkner Film The History Channel
1947 Jackie Robinson Hits His First Major League Home Run Off New York Giants' Dave Koslo Jackie Robinson Major League Baseball Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures University of Georgia
1966 Bill Russell Named as the First African-American Coach in the NBA Bill Russell Basketball Hallf of Fame African American Sports Figures Historic Firsts African-American Registry
1976 In New York City, A Chorus Line Sweeps the Tony Awards for Best Musical and 7 More Categories New York City Stage & Theater American Musicals Tony Awards Theatre History
1994 Beauty and the Beast Premieres at the Palace Theatre, New York New York City Stage & Theater American Musicals Internet Broadway Database Theatre History

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